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The Latest: Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed

Aug. 23, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Execution-Serial Killer(all times local): 11 p.m. A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage 25 years ago around the U.S. East Coast has been put to death. The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis says 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m....

Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in Florida

Aug. 23, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison. The sentence was carried out at 10:58 p.m., according to the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Bowles received the...

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to keep...

Detectives: 1994 technology slowed search for serial killer

Aug. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't hard for Daytona Beach police to figure out who killed John Hardy Roberts in March 1994: Gary Ray Bowles left a probation document at the scene and also was caught on an ATM camera trying to withdraw money from Roberts' account. He later confessed. What proved more...

Victim of 1994 serial killings remembered as execution nears

Aug. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Milton Bradley was a 72-year-old World War II Navy veteran living in Savannah, Georgia, in May 1994 when he met Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who had already taken the lives of two men and was looking for his next victim. Bradley had suffered a severe head injury when his ship...

Victim of 1994 serial killings remembered as execution nears

Aug. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — People in Savanah, Georgia, still talk about the 1994 homicide of Milton Bradley, a 72-year-old World War II veteran who was one of six people slain by serial killer Gary Ray Bowles. The 57-year-old Bowles is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on...

Bubba Hiers, brother of Paula Deen, dies of cancer at 65

Aug. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65. "Bubba was the greatest brother who was loved by so many people," Deen said in an emailed statement Monday. "We will miss him...

Agency: Oxygen injectors pass crucial test in Georgia harbor

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Machines designed to inject extra oxygen into the Savannah River to help fish breathe exceeded expectations in a two-month test run earlier this year, a federal agency said Thursday in a report that's critical to completing a $973 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port...

Drug charge dropped; driver said white spots were bird poop

Aug. 9, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A drug charge has been dropped against a Georgia Southern quarterback after a white substance he identified as bird poop on his car's hood tested negative for cocaine. A Saluda County Sheriff's Office police report said deputies pulled Shai Werts over for speeding July 31 and noticed...

Georgia, South Carolina commit $1.29M more to joint port

Jul. 30, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday committed an additional $1.29 million toward developing a port terminal on the Savannah River that would be jointly operated by the neighboring states. Nearly $830,000 of the project's fiscal 2020 budget will pay for a year of work on the detailed...